Liverpool claim they do not have to sell Spanish striker Torres, but a firm Chelsea offer – with cash up front – would seriously test their resolve. Chelsea have already planned for a future with Torres. He will be on top wages, and will be told that he will not have to play every week.
Carrying the burden of being Liverpool’s only top striker saw Torres succumb regularly to injury last season. Torres may be willing to join a club where he is rotated, along with Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, and which is guaranteed to be in the running for all the major prizes.